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Plants That Attract Wildlife

Wildlife Attractant Plants

The duck potatoes or Sagittaria latifolia and the cattail or Typha are both wetlands plants naturally occurring in wetlands, states Tammy Sons of TN Nursery, a leading supplier of wetland in the US. Duck Potatoes are found in North America, including Hawaii, the Caribbean, Europe, Australia, and South America. Cattails are found in most areas of North America. Both plants naturalize along the edges of ponds, lakes and rivers, bogs and swamps. Cattails can survive as the water deepens, and they become partially submerged and are often found in ditches along roadsides.

Cat Tail Plants are considered an invasive species in many areas because they often choke out other plants. That is because they spread by wind-dispersed seeds and possess rhizomes that allow their colonies to form and spread underground. The seeds of the cattail form part of the diet of the muskrat and the stalks are often found as part of the dens and platforms they build. Birds use the hairs from the seeds to line their nests.

Duck Potatoes are also considered invasive in many areas. However, they provide a varied diet for wildlife. The tubers are very similar to the common potato and can be cooked and eaten in the same ways by humans. The taste resembles that of standard potatoes or chestnuts. The plant also produces late summer buds and fruits, which can also be eaten. Ducks eat the seeds, while beavers, porcupines, and muskrats often eat the entire plant, including the tubers.

The Duck Potatoes grows to 3 feet or more in height and produces whorls of flowers on its stalk, with both male and female blooms sharing the same stem. Male flowers are easily identified due to the yellow stamens which can be seen. These large white flowers have rounded petals and appear in groups of 3. The large green leaves are shaped like arrowheads, accounting for another plant’s common nickname, the broadleaf arrowhead.

These species are ideal choices when planning backyard habitats featuring ponds where the desire is to attract wildlife. They both offer two advantages to this setting: their attractive appearances and their use as an animal food source.

The cattail and the duck potato require constant monitoring and regulation in a backyard and must regularly be thinned to prevent invasive behaviors. These plants are desirable species, and the stalks and seed heads of cattails are often dried and used in beautiful dried flower arrangements.

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Cattail Plant

Cattail Plant

The Cattail Plant is a wetland species with long, slender, spear-like leaves and distinctive brown, cylindrical flower spikes, commonly found in marshes, ponds, and other aquatic habitats. Cattails are wetland plants characterized by tall, slender, cylindrical spikes of brown, seed-bearing structures that resemble hotdogs, typically found in marshes, ponds, and other water-rich environments. They are utilized in landscaping, contributing to the aesthetic appeal, environmental health, and overall functionality of outdoor spaces. These hardy, perennial plants are commonly found near bodies of water, making them ideal for various landscaping applications such as ponds, wetlands, and rain gardens. Cattail plants enhance the area's biodiversity One of the key advantages is that they provide various wildlife habitats, attracting birds, insects, and amphibians. This creates a balanced ecosystem and can also help control pests naturally. Additionally, they act as shelter and nesting sites for waterfowl, further encouraging diverse wildlife to thrive. The dense root systems of it effectively stabilize soil and prevent erosion along the banks of water bodies. By doing so, they play a crucial role in maintaining the structural integrity of shorelines and preventing sediment runoff into waterways. This is especially valuable in areas prone to flooding or where soil erosion is a concern. Regarding aesthetics, it adds a unique and attractive element to landscapes. Their tall, slender stems and characteristic brown cigar-shaped seed heads create a distinctive visual appeal that complements the natural beauty of aquatic environments. Whether used as a focal point or as part of a larger wetland-themed design, they add an authentic touch to any landscape, evoking a sense of tranquility and a connection to nature. Cattail Plants serve as an effective natural water purifier. They are known for absorbing excess nutrients, such as nitrogen and phosphorus, from the water. These nutrients are often responsible for algal blooms and water pollution, and by removing them, they help improve water quality and promote a healthier aquatic ecosystem. The low-maintenance nature of them is another benefit for landscapers. Once established, they require minimal care, making them a practical choice for landscape designers and homeowners alike. Their resilience to various environmental conditions, including drought and flooding, further enhances their appeal for sustainable landscaping projects. From providing a rich habitat for wildlife to stabilizing soil and improving water quality, these versatile plants contribute to outdoor spaces' overall health and beauty. Whether used in naturalistic water features or as part of a wetland restoration project, they are valuable to any landscape design. Order your cattail plants at TN Nursery

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